Genetics is the loaded gun, environment is the trigger.

Turns out, it isn’t a matter of nature versus nurture.  It’s more like nature AND nurture.  Throughout my formal education, which consisted of a lot of courses in psychology and human development, there was a standing argument about which variable has more impact for a person.  People who held a socio-cultural perspective pretty much maintained that environmental influences play a bigger role in a person’s life.  Meanwhile, people with a biological background maintained that genetics were the main influencer of how a person turned out.

But, the truth is that genetics are a person’s “software” and environment provides the triggers for the software’s execution.  For example, there is evidence to suggest that males with a paternal history of alcoholism may very well be genetically predisposed to becoming alcoholic.  However, if a son is exposed to enough protective environmental cues, there is likelihood that he will not develop an issue with…

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